BMPs help roads weather the storms

9 07 2013

Installations of BMPs began in late October 2012 on Randell and Kew Vasseur roads in Fayston and continue this year on road sites in Warren, Waitsfield and Duxbury.  Segments of ditch on Randell and Kew Vasseur roads were lined with stone to minimize erosion of these steep ditches.  Preliminary assessments indicate the treatments are highly effective in reducing erosion.  Following intense rain storms in late May 2013, the untreated site on Randell road showed evidence of considerable sediment accumulation in the silt fences we are using to monitor erosion.  The paired site that had been lined with rock produced very little sediment.

Silt fence positioned at the end of the untreated road segment on Randell road in Fayston, photographed following an intense rain storm in late May 2013.  Sediment production of the type shown here occurs on steep back roads.

Silt fence positioned at the end of the untreated road segment on Randell road in Fayston, photographed following an intense rain storm in late May 2013. Sediment production of the type shown here occurs on steep back roads.

Silt fence positioned below the treated segment on Randell road shows very little sediment accumulation for the same intense rain storm in late May 2013.

Silt fence positioned below the treated segment on Randell road shows very little sediment accumulation for the same intense rain storm in late May 2013.


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